Iowa amputee gets out on the course

Matt Snyder continues golf game with prosthetic leg

DES MOINES, Iowa - If you are a big golf fan, it is the perfect time to head outdoors for a round.

It is also a time to watch some of Iowa's best show off their talents.

For one man overcoming his circumstances, the golf course is a place of peace and serenity for Matt Snyder.

"For me, it's so special, because this was like therapy almost for me," said amputee golfer, Matt Snyder.

It is been almost three years since Snyder lost his leg in a car accident.

"Just exhausted, I fell asleep at the wheel and hit a guard rail, in turn the guard rail punctured my vehicle and took my leg. It could've been a lot worse," said Snyder. "So, I'm thankful for that."

Matt got a new prosthetic leg, but he didn't want to lose the things he loved doing.

"A lot of people try to go out there and swing as hard as they can and hit it as hard as they can," said Snyder. "And I think the biggest thing for me is it taught me to slow down naturally. I didn't really have a choice."

It is also special to play among other amputees.

"It opens your eyes a little bit to see, oh, okay, I didn't have it as bad as I could have had it, and there's always things to be thankful for, and this is one of those things that helps you see those things," said Snyder.

Through it all, his competitiveness has never wavered.

"Because he is a fighter, I knew that he was going to make it through this, and so I knew that he wanted to play this golf game and still whoop on me, regardless of what happened in his life," said cousin, Justin Pettit.

Snyder is working his best to show that his injury, won't stop him from living his life. 

"They don't slow down for me. So, I do my best not to slow down," said Snyder.

"We really enjoy the time that we get to spend together because it's a new lease on life for the both of us," said Pettit.

 

 
 

 


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